Kyle Schut a South African living in Switzerland founded Straton Watch company in 2015. An avid motorsports fan and horology enthusiast, he designs his watches around the 1970s sports chronographs used by many racers. They use the traditional chronograph movements from ETA/Valjoux and a more modern Seiko Mecha Quartz providing the same aesthetic but in a slimmer case.
Our 2020 Straton Speciale has a square “Monaco” style polished stainless steel case. The high sloping sides perfectly envelop the lugs. A lug to lug length of 41mm and a thickness of 13.5mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence. Down the right side, we have the recessed chronograph pushers and a signed screw-down crown with deep knurling for extra grip. A domed sapphire crystal sits above the rich sunburst brown dial that changes its intensity as you rotate your wrist. An outer Tachymeter chapter ring in chocolate brown draws the eye into the center of the dial. The inner minute track is precisely printed with applied baton indexes coated in Super Luminova to mark the hours. At 12 o’clock a 60-minute register with a raised frame, at 9 o’clock a 12-hour register, and finally, at 6 o’clock a small seconds register each with the same raised frame adding depth to this striking dial. Long sword hands are coated in Super Luminova complemented by an orange chronograph hand that matches the other hands on the registers. Its application of colour and the position of the registers make this stand out from the crowd of chronographs inspired by the 1970s. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with an interesting speedometer embossed into it. Inside a Meca-Quartz Seiko VK67. The watch comes fitted with its Straton polished 22mm stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp.